Reading University

About the Program

What is Reading University?

Reading University is a three-week summer program intended to increase the literacy skills of children in Grade 3 who are not yet reading at grade level.
Reading University was first offered in Grande Prairie in the summer of 2009 on short notice and with the participation of only the Grande Prairie Public School district with 30 students. In the summer of 2010, the program grew to include Peace Wapiti and the Grande Prairie Catholic School districts with 60 students.  It expanded again in 2011 to 80 students and subsequently in  2013.  Our projection for 2019 enrollment is close to 200 students. In addition to being beneficial to children struggling with literacy, Reading University is an excellent example of partnerships – local organizations working together for the long-term benefit of children and society. The four major partners are the Grande Prairie Regional College, the Grande Prairie Public School District, Grande Prairie Catholic School District and Peace Wapiti School District. Many other community organizations, families and business support Reading University with generous donations of time, goods, and funds.

What does the Reading University do in the offseason?

Throughout the year, our team of dedicated individuals devotes countless hours within the community promoting Reading University and looking for support. BBQ fundraisers and Pie Throwing contests are just a few of the fun ways we show our community we love to read!


Q: Can all Grade 3 students attend?
 Only students who are referred by their Grade 3 teacher and who are at level M or N which is just below grade level are eligible.
Q: My child will be away for the first couple of days of RU. Is this OK?
No, unfortunately it is not. Students are expected to attend every day of the 14 days of RU. Every day has been planned for maximum reading intervention - every day is important.
Parents are reminded that in instances where a child is *returning late from the long weekend; *going to a sporting event;* leaving early for family holidays; *attending someone's birthday or other special event; * have relatives coming from a far distance, etc. that we are unable to accept students who will not be attending the full 3 weeks.
 Q: Should I send lunch and snacks with my child?
Lunches and snacks are provided. However, if your child has special dietary considerations, you are welcome to send along food from home.
Q: Will my child be sitting down reading all day?
 Students will be moving through the College with their assigned groups to 10 different 30-minute learning stations daily where they will experience 10 different facets of the learning process.

Contact Us

Email: Phone or Text: 780.882.3184‬